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Liliana Segre, Holocaust witness and survivor speaks at ASM


On January 30, 1944, Mrs. Segre was deported from Binario 21 of Milan's Stazione Centrale to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Mrs. Segre shared her powerful story with us as she relived her experiences and suffering at the concentration camp. Aside from her horrific past, she passed on a very strong message to our students: ALWAYS CHOOSE LIFE. Despite her suffering and unfair past, her resilience and strength helped her to lead a fulfilling life. By sharing her story, she hopes to prevent this type of suffering from ever happening again.

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Robotics Students: Hands-On Experience Programming a Robot

Using the NAO Robot, students were encouraged to program him to walk, dance and pick up objects.


Last week ASM welcomed three young programmers from The Cannizzaro Institute to give the robotics students hands-on experience programming a real humanoid robot.

Students experimented and explored the robotics software in order to extend the skills and concepts they have been learning in class. It was also valuable for the students to be able to talk with programmers who have experience competing in national robotics tournaments, something that we will be looking forward to taking part in, in the near future!


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ASM Hosts MUN Conference

On Friday November 10th, our ASM Model United Nations Club hosted the 2nd annual ASM MUN Conference.

This is a busy moment for the more than 50 high school students engaged in Model United Nations or MUN at ASM. This after-school program meets throughout the school year and is designed as an educational simulation for students to learn about diplomacy and international relations. MUN teaches a variety of skills such as critical thinking and debate, while developing research, public speaking and team building competencies.

On Friday, November 10th, our ASM Model United Nations Club hosted the 2nd annual ASM MUN Conference. Over 40 students participated, (on their Friday off school) debating issues relating to nuclear proliferation, cyber warfare, and creating a framework for peace on the Korean Peninsula. Students were treated to an opening ceremony with a welcoming message from Upper School Principal, Dr. Amodio and Mr. Briner, Biology, TOK and Environmental Science teacher as well as MUN advisor. Our very own Director of Technology, Mr. Reiach, delivered the conference keynote speech on the ever changing role of technology and the importance it will play in the world. Finally Francesca, ASM 11th Grader and the Secretary General of ASM MUN, officially opened the conference with an inspiring message to our delegates. As we concluded the opening ceremonies, students eagerly headed to their respected conference rooms.

Over the course of the day students represented countries from around the world in UN Committees on Human Rights, Environment, Disarmament and International Security. This year ASM MUN added Security Council, which allowed students to debate many important issues modeling one of the UN's most important decision making committees. Most impressive was the amount of new delegates who participated in an MUN conference for the first time; these delegates demonstrated the skills and passion that is more typical of more experienced members. All in all it was a great day and ASM MUN looks forward to hosting our 3rd annual conference next year.

Congratulations to the MUN student and faculty leaders on a very successful conference. ASM will be sending a delegation of 8 students to compete at the Berlin Model United Nations conference later this month where we know they will excel!


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Annual College Fair at ASM

On Tuesday, November 7th, numerous universities from around the world attended our Annual College Fair.

The ASM Annual College Fair welcomes countless universities to come speak to ASM and neighboring students about their campus, curriculum and application process. It is a great opportunity for high school students, who are in the process of choosing the right school, to speak directly with a college admissions representative and get a better understanding of the application process. At ASM we aspire to give our students this opportunity to help open their doors to a successful future.






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Holocaust witness and survivor, Liliana Segre Speaks at ASM

By sharing her story, she hopes to prevent this type of suffering from ever happening again.

We had the immense privilege to welcome Holocaust witness and survivor, Liliana Segre to ASM this month. In a rare personal appearance, Mrs. Segre shared her powerful story with upper school Italian students, many of whom had read her books, and other members of our community. During her presentation, Mrs. Segre recounted her deportation from Milan to the Auschwitz concentration camp and her extraordinary suffering while there. Aside from her horrific past, she passed on a very strong message to our students: Always Choose Life. Despite her suffering and unfair past, her resilience and strength helped her to lead a fulfilling life after the war. We thank Mrs. Segre for sharing her story with our community -- it made a huge impact on everyone who attended. Her presentation was made possible through the ASM Fund for Excellence and Italian Department.





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